Alumnus Sneha Gautam has been conferred the IEI Young Engineering Award 2019 – 20 by the Institution of Engineers (India), in recognition of his contribution to the field of Environmental Engineering. Dr. Gautam completed his PhD in 2015 from IIT Kharagpur’s Dept. of Mining Engineering in the area of Environmental Engineering. He is currently an Assistant Professor at the Department of Civil Engineering at Karunya Institute of Technology and Sciences, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India.
Dr. Gautam is engaged in fundamental and application-oriented cross-disciplinary research. He focuses on the interfaces of clean air engineering/science, human health and smart/sustainable living in cities/megacities. His current research touch on broad multidisciplinary areas of air pollution monitoring/modeling, low-cost sensing, nature-based solutions, climate change mitigation and developing innovative technological and passive (e.g. green infrastructure) solutions for air pollution exposure control for both developing and developed world.
Dr. Gautam’s research builds an understanding of the formation and emission of particles, both from vehicle exhausts and non-vehicular sources. He investigates their contribution to pollution, especially in megacity contexts. He is developing approaches to low-cost sensing and contributing to the development of exposure control technology and guidelines for policymakers to curtail pollution exposure in cities, with associated health benefits.
IEI Young Engineers Award recognizes outstanding achievements/contributions made by young engineers (<35 years) in engineering research, excellence in engineering technology development, technology transfer, etc. The IEI Young Engineers Award is presented to awardees for all the 15 Engineering Divisions of the Institution of Engineers (India) during the respective National Conventions.
The award was presented at the 35th National Convention of Environmental Engineers concurrently with the National Conference on “Green Technology for Clean and Green India” hosted by the Karnataka State Centre of the Institution of Engineers (India) on August 17 – 18, 2019 in Bengaluru under the aegis of Environmental Engineering Division Board of the Institution.